After mulling over the life that I am currently living, a thought occurred to me: I have explained the many things that I hate about the Army, but I haven’t ever discussed the things that I love. That being said,he complaints were mostly for the "10 things I hate..." series, but I suppose that it's time to share a few things about the Military that I couldn't live without
1// I have a friends all over the country that I could call any time. There are couches across the America (and Puerto Rico for that matter...) that I could sleep on if I needed because of all of the connections and friendships I have made in the Army.
2// We are a family. I have never felt as loved as I do in the Army. Even when I’m being teased about something dumb I said two weeks prior or someone is giving me a hard time because I screwed up, I understand that we take care of each other and would literally lay down our lives for one another.
3// The money isn't bad. Sure it isn't a ton, but for me, a young single soldier without much to support but myself, it is pretty good. I can’t even imagine what kind of money I would have saved if I was active duty. Of course, for soldier with big families and all that, it’s much harder to get by. I just try not to think about it hourly and I feel okay with it.
4// It has presented me with opportunities I wouldn't have had otherwise. I've been able to get HAZMAT certifications, I got to go on a cross country road trip for a specific purpose. I've had all kinds of adventures here (to be divulged later) and this is only the beginning.
5// I got instate tuition at the college I attend because of the Army. It constantly inspires me to work hard and be better. While I've been here at LDAC (Leadership Development Assessment Course) I have decided that I should be an officer. I've decided to go back to school completely on a whim because I don’t want to be ordinary. I want to be...All that I can be…. (see what I did there?)
6// The Army has taught me how to be a grown up and take care of myself. While I have always been “mature for my age” the Army did so much to teach me not only how to act older, but how to be older. I've learned to take control of my life and my career and be a proactive, contributing member of the World.
7// I have learned how to work. Pre-Army life, when I was presented with a physically challenging or otherwise difficult task, I would feel defeated and call for help unable to solve the problem on my own. Now, I look at problems in a different way. I will do what I can to fix something before I shout for assistance.
8// On the flip side of #7, I’m not afraid to ask for help. Previously, I would have asked for help, yes, but I also would have sat and stared at my problem for 30 minutes while I worked up the courage to tell someone I didn't succeed at my task. The Army taught me that things are accomplished faster with help when you need it.
9// I have been exposed to people and situations that I never would have been otherwise. It has made me into a far more well rounded person. I'm so happy that I've had the chance to meet so many great people and learn to many things from them.
10// And finally the Army made me eat. This might sounds stupid, but I used to hate all kinds of food that I now things are absolutely delicious just because I was so hungry at some point I had to eat whatever was in front of me. Well, now I know that those foods were actually quite tasty and should never be neglected again.
And there you have it. 10 things I love about the Army. I honestly could go on and on. Nearly all of these things could apply to any branch of the military. I suppose that it would depend on the person. If you ask me, you get out of it what you put into it. I work hard and put everything into the Army so I get a lot out of it as well.
Whenever I look at my life’s decisions and the path that I've ended up on, I feel completely satisfied with it. While it wasn't the plan initially, I have made myself very happy with my choices. I cannot wait to continue on this path and find out what else this amazing life has to offer.